Three events happened in the past week that have affected life in various ways:
1. We turned back the clocks
2. The election FINALLY ended
3. We here in the northeast have been unceremoniously been plunged into winter
Events #1 and #3 sort of go hand in hand. On the one hand, it was gloriously sweet to have an extra hour of weekend to spend however I wanted due to the clock change last week. On the other, I am now commuting home at 5PM in the pitch black, freezing cold of night. I walk to work and back because the office is so close, and this week, it was particularly creepy due to these factors. I have to walk through a large expanse of grass and trees (I call it “the forest”, but I may be exaggerating just a little ;)) and I pretty much couldn’t see the ground I was walking on. At one point, I saw some sort of animal darting between some of the trees and then spent the rest of the walk afraid that something was going to jump out at me!
Wednesday, the sun seemed to set at 4:30 because of a storm rolling in (it was a noreaster) and we had our first snowfall. And on my walk home from work it was 37 degrees with a wind chill of 23. Ick.
Winter can be a funny thing when it comes to our moods and motivation. I know for myself, when the weather gets this nasty, I don’t want to go outside at all and I want to eat lots of fattening comfort foods. Exercising seems more like a chore as well. However, this winter, I’m not going to let the winter blues get me! In the past year or so I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I haven’t been able to shake, and now I’m working harder than ever to get rid of them. My motivation is thinking about the spring and summer time when all the cute clothes will come out and we can shed the layers of heavy coats and sweaters. I want to be able to wear all those cute tops I have in the back of my closet and have some arm muscles to show off! Is it a little early to be thinking about spring? Maybe. But if that’s what’s going to keep me going through the next several months, then that’s what I’m going to focus on!
The 30 day shred is still going strong and I’ve had the first sightings of some muscle showing through already. This is very encouraging for me and makes me want to do it more.
As for event #2 in my list of events from this past week, I have this to say: whatever your beliefs, I hope you all got out to vote and that the election treated you well.
Are you experiencing winter yet where you live?